Thursday, July 20, 2023

Northern Section Pre-Season Rankings

Thanks to Scott Fairley


Individuals –

  1. Henry Baun (12) Yreka (defending champion)
  2. Jackson Hein (11) Pleasant Valley (2nd last season, state place winner 800)
  3. Jackson Poburko (10) Trinity (4th last season)
  4. Carter Murphy (11) Chico (section 1600 champ in the spring)
  5. Charles Brennan (12) Chico (section 3200 champ in the spring)


Teams –  top 3 teams will be very good

  1. Chico (defending champion, returns team intact from last year.)
  2. Pleasant Valley (2nd last year after beating Chico at league level.  Strong nucleus returns)
  3. University Prep (3rd last year.  Everyone returns.)
  4. Yreka (5th last year.  Lose 2 or top 5, but otherwise solid)
  5. West Valley (best group returning of the rest)



Individuals –

  1. Elizabeth Merrill (11) Shasta (defending champion and 1600 champion in track)
  2. Mattie Whipple (12) Yreka (3rd last year, 2nd place 1600 section finals in track)
  3. Lillian Jeffords (11) Chico (4th last year, 5th place 1600)
  4. Augustine Mylan (12) Yreka (7th last year-next highest returner, 4th place 1600)
  5. Paris Esther (11) Orland (8th last year, 3rd place 800 in track)


Teams – Chico is easily the best team

  1. Chico (defending champion, returns top runners and depth)
  2. Yreka  (4th place last year, but returns everyone.  2nd and 3rd place teams lost several runners to graduation)
  3. University Prep (5th last year, and again returns their whole squad)
  4. Hope (6th last year.  Young program who got better during track season)
  5. Pleasant Valley (3rd place last year.  Lost a few top runners, but as one of the largest schools in the section, always has depth)

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